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Meet The Team


Ratan Samal


Ratan Samal established Ratan Samal & Associates in the year 1993 after he completed his degree in law from the University of Mumbai. He has more than 30 years of experience in resolving tax disputes under Direct, Indirect and Customs Laws before various High Courts. He also appears before various Tax Tribunals such as the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Maharashtra Sales Tax Tribunal and quasi- judicial appellate authorities. During the erstwhile Value Added Tax and Central Sales Tax era, he has served as a Special Counsel for the State of Maharashtra representing the State on complex tax disputes. His achievements include resolving complex classification, valuation, levy and collection related tax disputes before Courts and Tribunals, and filing Writ Petitions and Public Interest Litigation Petitions for improving the administrative set- up of Tax Tribunals and increasing the emoluments of Judges. 

In his early years of practice, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the New Law College, University of Mumbai. Currently, he trains and delivers lectures to State Goods and Services Tax authorities, Advocates, Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries and other Tax Practitioners educating them on the various nuances of tax laws. 


Ruchi Rathod

Practice Lead

Ruchi Rathod is the Practice Lead heading the Tax cases of the firm's clients before the Bombay High Court, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Maharashtra Sales Tax Tribunal and quasi- judicial appellate authorities. She has extensive experience in handling disputes under tax law from the last 10 years. She has completed her legal education from the University of Mumbai.


Manohar Samal

Principal Associate

Manohar Samal is a Principal Associate handling Goods and Services Tax, Customs and Commercial Arbitration cases for the firm's clients. He is empanelled as an Arbitrator at the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM) and the Centre for Online Resolution of Disputes (CORD). He has presided over few Arbitrations in the capacity of Sole Arbitrator.  He has completed his Master of Laws from the Joint Program offered by the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai and the National Institute of Securities Markets and has completed his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Mumbai.

He is admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), U.K. Having a sheer passion for legal research and writing, he has authored 70 publications consisting of technical reports, research papers and blog articles.

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